Cousins cook for Karonga hospital patients as festive cheer

Two cousins have set example to the country that even the littlest of resources can positively impact on other people’s lives after they literally cooked and fed over two hundred fifty patients at Karonga District Hospital last Friday – on Christmas Day.

A woman enjoying a meal she got -- Photo by Pius Nyondo, Nyasa Times

A woman enjoying a meal she got — Photo by Pius Nyondo, Nyasa Times

Chikwanda (L) and Lusekelo (R) engaged in talk.

Chikwanda (L) and Lusekelo (R) engaged in talk.

Lusekelo talking to expectant mothers in the maternity ward

Lusekelo talking to expectant mothers in the maternity ward

The cousins, Lusekelo Mwenifumbo, 23, and Chikwanda Mwenifumbo, 24, have since challenged Malawians that it is “actually possible to feed patients in the country’s public hospitals without necessarily relying on government’s subversions.”

They told Nyasa Times after the exercise that with the little money from their savings, and contributions from seven other friends they were able to raise over K200 000 within a week.

“Initially we’d thought of organizing some gifts for children in the pediatric ward but when we assessed the condition of the rest of the other patients we thought of reaching out to them too,” said Lusekelo who has just graduated from the Madiba School of Flight of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

She added: “We never thought our little savings would eventually impact so significantly. Instead of the fifty children we’d planned to reach out to we ended reaching out to over two hundred fifty patients plus several members of the staff.”

According to Lusekelo, the meal they prepared comprised rice, minced beef, soya pieces and cabbage. They also gave out a number of presents to children.

“It was so exciting to see how happy the patients were after they received the food. I felt bad when I was leaving knowing they would face a similar problem the following day,” she said.

Apparently, Nyasa Times has learnt, the hospital stopped giving out meals to patients – an argument the hospital’s management premise on “drastic cuts of government funding.”

Lusekelo’s cousin, Chikwanda – a quantity surveyor – challenged people in the country to consider doing similar exercises for the country’s public hospitals.

“What happened with our little savings is a manifestation that it is possible for us to feed people in our district hospitals. Imagine if people came up and started contributing towards hospitals in their areas. We think a lot more would be raised for support,” said Chikwanda.

She said the exercise had kindled a desire in them to consider doing more of similar projects in the country.

“We’re not promising anything as of yet. But my cousin and I have that feeling that we need to do more of these activities,” she said.

Karonga District Medical Officer Dr Timothy Bandawe hailed the girls for their initiative saying they had been able to raise the spirits of patients high.

He admitted the stoppage of provision of meals at the hospital due “to poor funding.”

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This was a very big act of kindness which the nation deserved to know so that other Malawians could next time emulate and do the same to other hospitals or similar unfortunate situations.Going to the media is therefore not wrong as some people here are suggesting. Always spread the good news humbly without showing off, so that others can benefit from it as Jesus did and taught us. The girls have done exactly that. The shame goes to our govt which is terribly failing our hospitals and the health sector in general. Next year we want all hospitals to have… Read more »
Anthu akuda

Bravo inu atsikana. I very much like the aspect of dedicating your time cooking for the patientsword That’s philanthropy at its best. You are the Malawian brand of mother Theresa. Next time don’t show off by involving the media. Do it in silence. That’s what God advises. Mugone kutali ndi moto.

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Young Girls! First it’s refreshing and feels great that we have youthful characters with a great heart. Get this now. It’s supposed to be a responsibility of our government to take care of this…we pay a lot of taxes my beautiful sisters! We got greedy idiots who misprioritise things…my advice is…for ur next selfless act, go deep inside mwenitete, Find girls who need to be proped up, and assist them to become like you. Hospital problems are a combination of poor DHO mgt and largely, capital hill stupidity…you may never sort this problem through selflessness and philanthropy…but surely, u got… Read more »

You girls are as beautiful inside as you are outside.


Thank you girls. Thank you

Patricia kaliati

Felix and ujeni phiri you are both evil and heart less people with the comments you have made . If you are a saint continue to be one but don’t blame these little girls for what they have done . They have said in the interview that apart from their own personal savings they solicited help from other well wishers and in the world of transparency they couldn’t make it a secret . Give a credit where a credit is due . Nsanje a Malawi.

Tili Chenene

I like Karonga people. So united. Karonga and Chitipa can make a good sovereign province


can a hospital like karonga host 250 patients bodza tamalembani zoona. its true to have such a heart but make your news news please.

Jamison Chagwa Lungu

It seems to me ma rubbish business can be a thing of the past if more Malawians can behave like these two. What am I saying? No, it should start with the people in power, the President, his wife, and his Cabinet and their spouses. But anyway, I am happy for people of Karonga, you have Angels. By the way, I am looking for a girl friend and I hope one of these kind girls is single. Bana kazi baweme chomene.

Ujeni Phiri

The gesture is very great keep it up. The culture of going to media after doing a charity gesture still remains a big blow in my life. I consider it unbiblical. May be could you please enlighten me, what’s the motive? All the same receive your praise reward from us. Well done

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